About Bootstrap Farmer - Our Micro Farm & Greenhouses

Our Story

Sustainable Food Truck

'How It Started'

Bootstrap Farmer sprung out of my Farm-to-Table Food Truck Model, Veg2Bowl, in Eastern North Carolina. I grew vegetables and herbs in high tunnel greenhouses, which would go right into the mobile kitchen. Since it's a certified commercial kitchen, I could harvest, prepare, and serve meals to customers all on the same day with little to no waste.

For better or worse, while I was building the farm for Veg2Bowl, I noticed tons of things on my little farm that I wished were better or more efficient. After months of research, I had figured out the most efficient way to build a high tunnel greenhouse because knowing I had to build it myself with savings from living with mom and dad. I was not going to waste a dime. Then while running the farm, I had the tiny idea of making seed trays so durable that they'd stop breaking on me.

Maybe it was because I had already quit my previous job and left everything behind. Was I feeling adventurous? I still don't know, but what I did know is that I could provide value to people. From there, there was no turning back. The idea to create an ultra-durable seed tray and a better high-tunnel greenhouse kit was the germination of Bootstrap Farmer, which has now grown into something I could have never imagined.

Meet the Bootstrap Farmer Family

Sustainable Food Truck

Founders- Brandon Youst & Brad Youst

Brandon is a visionary and has built the current team so he can focus on the big mission - creating a network of businesses that bring hyperlocal food to a national scale.

Brad is the backbone of the daily operations and will basically handle anything involving a number.

The Bootstrappin' Team

Liz
Liz
Customer Happiness and Logistics Coordinator

Liz (Brad's wife) is now firmly in control of our shipping & logistics and most of our customer inquiries. If you've got questions - she can answer them! If not, she'll find someone that can. Liz loves getting feedback on how we can improve, so please reach out to her at contact@bootstrapfarmer.com!
Nick
Nick
Creative Director, Product Development, Podcast Host

Nick is clearly a man that wears many hats.  Nick can be heard on our podcast, Bootstrap Farmer Radio, or found behind the scenes of the Urban Farm Academy, doing what he does best - which is all things consulting, media & content. Nick is the founder of Victory Gardens in Paris, TX and also a co-founder of the UFA.

Julian
Julian
Technical Support, Sales, Product Development

Julian is based in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. He lives on a couple of acres with a greenhouse, herd of goats, a water reclamation system, two gigantic solar arrays, and a nice fabrication shop. Julian will be heading up special projects both internally at BSF and with larger & complex client operations.

Katie
Writer, Content Creator

Katie and her husband Andy run TerraWorks, a large scale strawberry operation and plant nursery on their farm in Bozeman, MT. Katie is passionate about indoor and outdoor growing and has years of experience to share with our customers. Locally nicknamed “the microgreens lady” in Bozeman, we knew she was the perfect fit. Always looking for the next story, Katie keeps us on our toes with her never-ending ideas and DIY projects.

Megan
Customer Happiness 

Customer support is the backbone of Bootstrap Farmer. We rely heavily on Megan to ensure our customers get our best. Megan is a standout gardener, goat mama, wife, business owner, and mother of two of the sweetest girls. Megan and her husband Josh have been farming for over 10 years. In the last 3 years they switched to intensive market gardening and pasture poultry.

Emily
Customer Happiness, Writer, Expert Microgreen Grower

Emily grows microgreens and edible flowers from her tiny urban homestead in Northern CA. She bootstrapped her Little Rainbow Farm from a side passion into a business that allows her to work at home. The better to chase after her son, pastured poultry and the occasional round of spring lambs. Emily adores testing out new crops and growing methods in a never-ending, tasty science experiment.

Rikki
Customer Happiness

A true chill grower from the Bay Area, Rikki has found new inspiration and personal fulfillment through exploring what local food can do for a community. She has a disturbing obsession with cauliflower, will give you a run for your money at the poker table, and loves to help people plan out their gardens. You can catch her on our customer service line.
Piper
Boots on the Ground

As one of the “boots on the ground” for Bootstrap Farmer, this Texas Master Gardener has hands-on field experience with her thriving culinary garden business. When she isn’t designing, building, and maintaining food gardens for some of the top restaurants and corporations in the Northern-Texas area, she provides mentorship for those wanting advice on business or growing.

Jean
Customer Happiness

Jean is the friendly voice you will hear when you call our customer service line. She has years of customer service experience and is always ready to assist in logistics, customer questions, an emails. In her free time, you will probably find her outside doing yard work, gardening, or playing with her fur kids, Evike and Bogie, a Kuvasz and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Learn More About Bootstrap Farmer

To get started browse our collection of products that will help to insure you are growing the best way possible.
Bootstrap Farmer prides itself on providing strong, versatile and cost efficient materials that you need to get your farm started. Whether it's DIY Greenhouse Kits, Greenhouse Accessories and Building Supplies or Extra Strength Plant Propagation & Growing Containers, our products are meant to last years.

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